Comprehensive Health Program

The clinical mission of the Comprehensive Health Program (CHP) in the Division of Infectious Diseases is to provide integrated, equity-focused, status neutral, gender affirming care to individuals living with HIV, at risk for HIV, or in need of sexual health services. CHP functions as a patient centered medical home (PCMH) and integrates Primary Care with specialty Infectious Disease services as well as collocated Behavior Health/Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder (SUD) services provided by multidisciplinary teams.  CHP is a New York State (NYS) Designated AIDS Center (DAC), an NCQA designated Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH), and the only HIV program in NYS’ HealthHome model to function as a HealthHome Case Management Agency (CMA), thereby fully integrating comprehensive case management service providers into a clinical multidisciplinary team care model. We aim to serve those communities most impacted by HIV, especially those who are at increased risk for poor health outcomes due to stigma, structural racism, criminal justice involvement, serious and persistent mental illness, substance use, psychosocial trauma, poverty or disadvantaged in terms of social determinants of health. We also provide care to individuals with general infectious diseases.

Care is delivered in English and Spanish with an emphasis on comprehensive medical and psychosocial care as well as patient education, adherence promotion, complex care coordination, and family-centered interventions. The program additionally provides care on a 40-bed inpatient unit at the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital (NYP). CHP also embraces high quality clinical research initiatives through an active AIDS Clinic Trials Unit.

Bilingual Equity-Focused and Patient-Centered Services

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The Comprehensive Health Program provides a wide range of services in English and Spanish. CHP’s care and care coordination teams oversees a multi-campus HIV Testing and Prevention Program, a multi-campus effort to identify individuals living with HIV who are lost-to-follow-up (LTFU) and effect meaningful reengagement, and a soon to be deployed Sexual Health Mobile Medical Unit (MMU). Our mission is to address multiple overlapping barriers to HIV prevention and treatment by applying multidisciplinary, patient-centered approach and delivering same-day walk-in care and wraparound services including:


  • HIV specialty and primary care for adults, adolescents, and children living with HIV
  • LGBTQIA+ Care
  • Transgender care
  • Prenatal/GYN HIV care
  • General pediatric care for families affected by HIV
  • HIV counseling, testing and linkage to care services
  • Antiretroviral adherence assistance programs
  • Basic and complex care coordination services
  • Nutritional services
  • Integrated care transition programs
  • On-site social work and mental health treatment
  • On-site medication-assisted therapy (MAT) for opioid use disorder
  • Dalbavancin infusion (analog of vancomycin with extended half-life): patients with barriers to care, unstable housing, PWUD
  • 24-hour emergency on call system
  • Hepatitis , HIV treatment and prevention research and clinical trials

In addition to delivering care and prevention services to adolescent and adult patients, CHP is also involved in a number of research or programmatic initiatives and embraces high quality clinical research initiatives through an active AIDS Clinic Trials Unit.

Comprehensive Care

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CHP is composed of three main care areas:

Medical Program, located on the sixth floor of the Harkness Pavilion includes clinicians, mental health specialists, a nutritionist, social workers, nurses, treatment adherence educators, care coordinators, and community navigators as well as on-site specialists in neurology, gynecology, and psychiatry.

Sexual Health Program, located on the third floor of the Vanderbilt Clinic (VC3) provides inclusive and comprehensive sexual health services including post and pre-exposure prophylaxis, STI testing and treatment in assition to behavioral, social work and mental health services for cis women and LGTBQI communities. 


Project STAY (Services To Assist Youth), located on the fourth floor of the Vanderbilt Clinic, offers primary care services for youth between the ages of 13 and 24 years of age living with HIV or at risk for HIV.

As a New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH)-designated AIDS center, CHP manages care across the care continuum, bridging inpatient, ambulatory and community-based needs. The clinic serves as the “medical home” for those striving to improve the physical, mental, and psychosocial welfare of clients through the provision of high quality, comprehensive care rendered in a culturally sensitive environment.

Our Team

Peter Gordon, MD
Medical Director

Susan Olender, MD, MS
Medical Co-Director


Contact Us

To schedule an appointment: 212-305-3174

General questions regarding CHP: 212-305-3272

Comprehensive HIV Program at NewYork-Presbyterian/CUIMC
180 Fort Washington Avenue
Harkness Pavilion, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10032
United States